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April in Berlin

What's going on in April?

visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

April, April, he does what he wants. April wants a lot in Berlin: celebrating Easter, organizing tree blossom festivals and film festivals, visiting galleries, new exhibitions, running marathons and much more. Our top 11 tips for April in Berlin we have put together for you here.

Tip 1: Easter in Berlin

Easter eggs
Easter eggs Getty Images, Bild: lacaosa

Traditionally, various Easter markets take place in Berlin, such as the handicraft Easter market at Karl-August-Platz (3 April). The big Easter bonfire is lit in the Britzer Garten on Easter Saturday (16 April). Here you can also look for Easter eggs or take part in the Easter egg hanging on the fruit tree meadow on 11 April, just in time for the Britzer Baumblüte, which is celebrated from 8 to 24 April. On 8 and 9 April, you can create Sorbian Easter eggs with quill pens and beeswax at the printmaking studio in Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Strasse. And many houses and churches invite you to festive concerts. 

When: 17 - 18 April
Where: All over the city

Easter in Berlin

Tip 2: Cherry blossom festival - Hanami

Korean Garden 'Seoul Garden' in the Gardens of the World
'Seoul Garden' in the Gardens of the World visitBerlin, Foto: Doreen Himsl

At last they are blooming again! After the long, grey days of winter, spring is asserting itself with the delicate pink cherry blossoms. And this is something to celebrate! At the traditional Cherry Blossom Festival in the Gardens of the World you can experience the diversity of Asian culture. Artists from Japan, China and Korea will present traditional music and dances in colourful costumes. Among the delicate pink blossoming trees you will also find many stalls selling typical Asian food and drinks, as well as decorations, manga and anime merchandise. Cosplayers and people in traditional Asian costumes get reduced admission. 

When 9 - 10 April, 12 - 5 p.m.
Where: Gardens of the World, Blumberger Damm 130, Marzahn

Tip 3: Gallery Weekend

An exhibition in Berlin
An exhibition in Berlin Marco Funke

52 galleries throughout Berlin invite you to this year's Gallery Weekend. You can expect a weekend full of exhibition openings and events at which the works of around 80 artists will be presented. Some of the major museums are also opening new exhibitions for Gallery Weekend. Perfect for exploring the diversity of Berlin's art scene. A tour of the galleries will show you why Berlin is one of the most important art metropolises in the world.

When: 29 April to 1 May
Where: various galleries and venues

Tip 4: Festive days at the Berlin State Opera

Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Staatsoper Unter den Linden Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Foto: Gordon Welters

This year, the festivities of the State Opera focus on Mozart. In addition to the trilogy of Da Ponte operas Così fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, the programme also includes several Mozart-related concerts. In his recital debut at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, pianist Igor Levit will make reference to Mozart's operatic works. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the most prominent orchestras for the works of the Viennese-born composer Mozart, is of course also invited. Daniel Barenboim will join them on the conductor's podium and on the piano.

When: 6 to 17 April
Where: Berlin State Opera, Unter den Linden 7, Mitte

Tip 5: Berlin Half Marathon

Berliner Halbmarathon
Berliner Halbmarathon camera4

The Generali Berlin Half Marathon officially opens the running season in Berlin. As always, the most sporty sightseeing tour of this spring will take you right through Berlin. The course leads through Mitte along many sights such as Alexanderplatz, Berlin Cathedral, Unter den Linden and Checkpoint Charlie. Runners, wheelchair users, hand cyclists and inline skaters will be among the participants, cheered on by numerous spectators.

When: 3 April
Where: Straße des 17. Juni, Tiergarten

Tip 6: Easter Knights' Festival at Spandau Citadel

medieval citadel in Berlin Spandau with moat
Citadel in Spandau visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

For the 14th time, Zitadelle Spandau invites all knights and medieval fans to the big tournament. Axe and sword fights, a large market, historical games, crafts and music await you. Try your hand at crossbow and archery and try your luck at mouse roulette. The highlight is the knight fight on horseback and the evening equestrian show with fire and acrobatics.

When: 16 - 18 April, from 10 am each day
Where: Spandau Citadel

Tip 7: European Arts and Crafts Days

Kunsthandwerk GettyImages, Bild: RomanBabakin

During the European Arts and Crafts Days, several hundred studios, workshops and exhibitions open their doors. During this long weekend, you can not only watch how one or the other work is created, but also lend a hand and be creative yourself. From elegant evening gowns to delicate pieces of furniture or instruments to ceramics and stone sculptures - drop by and discover where beautiful handicrafts are made in the neighbourhoods.

When: 1 to 3 April
Where: at various venues in the city

Tip 8: Spring festival on Kurt-Schumacher-Damm

Getty Images, Bild: SPmemory

Roller coasters, car scooters, ghost trains and other devilishly fast rides await you at the 50th Spring Festival on Kurt-Schumacher-Damm. Look forward to candy floss, waffles, sausages and colourful fun. On Family Day on Wednesday, you pay half price on the rides. The big fireworks display is scheduled for 28 March and 18 April, both at 10pm.

When: 23 March to 24 April
Where: Kurt-Schumacher-Damm

Tip 9: Season opening at Hoppegarten racecourse

Rennbahn Hoppegarten -  race track near Berlin
Race track Hoppegarten Frank Sorge/GALOPPFOTO.DE

Now they are galloping again. Three international listed races are scheduled for the opening of the season at Hoppegarten racecourse at Easter. In addition to exciting races and fast horses, a colourful supporting programme awaits you. Especially for the little guests there is a lot on offer: Bouncy castles, pony rides and lots of Easter surprises.

When: 17 April
Where: Rennbahnallee 1, Hoppegarten

Tip 10: achtung berlin Film Festival

at the cinema in Berlin
at the cinema Getty Images, Foto: Hero Images

The achtung Berlin Film Festival is one of the festivals for young German cinema. Here, current feature films, documentaries and short films are brought to the big screen before their official theatrical release. The special thing about it is that all the contributions were at least partly shot and realised in Berlin and Brandenburg.

When: 20 to 27 April
Where: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, Mitte and other cinemas

Tip 11: VELOBerlin. The Bicycle Festival

a cyclist on the Tempelhof Field
a cyclist on the Tempelhof Field visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

If you haven't made your bike fit for spring yet, it's high time you did. You can find inspiration for this at the VELOBerlin bicycle festival. Over 200 exhibitors will be showing new products and trends. And if you're looking for an upgrade or a new bike, you can try out the bikes on the test track and in the action course. Cheer on the cyclists in short, thrilling races and enjoy delicious street food.

When: 9 to 10 April
Where: Tempelhof Airport


More tips for April and the rest of the year can be found in the calendar of events.

Josefine Köhn-Haskins


ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.